Old English Verbs of Tasting with Accusative/Genitive/ Of-Phrase
First Online: 01 February 2008 Received: 01 June 2007 Accepted: 02 November 2007 DOI:
10.1007/s11061-007-9098-0 Cite this article as: Ogura, M. Neophilologus (2008) 92: 517. doi:10.1007/s11061-007-9098-0 Abstract
Old English verbs of tasting like
beorgan, drincan and etan may take the accusative, the genitive or the of-phrase. The number of occurrences of these verbs with the genitive or the of-phrase is not so large, but we notice the fact that Latin ex-/de-phrases could be rendered by the of-phrase and that both the genitive and of-phrase were used in a partitive sense. In this short paper I try to show that the Old English genitive object was in the process of being replaced by the of-phrase even in a limited context. Keywords Old English Verbs of tasting Genitive, Of-phrase References
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